lsns(8) — Linux manual page


LSNS(8)                     System Administration                    LSNS(8)

NAME         top

       lsns - list namespaces

SYNOPSIS         top

       lsns [options] [namespace]

DESCRIPTION         top

       lsns lists information about all the currently accessible namespaces
       or about the given namespace.  The namespace identifier is an inode

       The default output is subject to change.  So whenever possible, you
       should avoid using default outputs in your scripts.  Always
       explicitly define expected columns by using the --output option
       together with a columns list in environments where a stable output is

       The NSFS column, printed when net is specified for the --type option,
       is special; it uses multi-line cells. Use the option --nowrap to
       switch to ","-separated single-line representation.

       Note that lsns reads information directly from the /proc filesystem
       and for non-root users it may return incomplete information.  The
       current /proc filesystem may be unshared and affected by a PID
       namespace (see unshare --mount-proc for more details).  lsns is not
       able to see persistent namespaces without processes where the
       namespace instance is held by a bind mount to /proc/pid/ns/type.

OPTIONS         top

       -J, --json
              Use JSON output format.

       -l, --list
              Use list output format.

       -n, --noheadings
              Do not print a header line.

       -o, --output list
              Specify which output columns to print.  Use --help to get a
              list of all supported columns.

              The default list of columns may be extended if list is
              specified in the format +list (e.g., lsns -o +PATH).

              Output all available columns.

       -p, --task pid
              Display only the namespaces held by the process with this pid.

       -r, --raw
              Use the raw output format.

       -t, --type type
              Display the specified type of namespaces only.  The supported
              types are mnt, net, ipc, user, pid, uts, cgroup and time.
              This option may be given more than once.

       -u, --notruncate
              Do not truncate text in columns.

       -W, --nowrap
              Do not use multi-line text in columns.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

AUTHORS         top

       Karel Zak <>

SEE ALSO         top

       nsenter(1), unshare(1), clone(2), namespaces(7)

AVAILABILITY         top

       The lsns command is part of the util-linux package and is available

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util-linux                      December 2015                        LSNS(8)

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